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Original letters, reports, etc, relating to the Jesuits' missionary work at Cantun, Pekin

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MS. Add. D. 74
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Original letters, reports, etc., relating to the Jesuits' missionary work at Canton, Pekin, etc., in 1701. The reports are signed by:

  1. Giraldin Figeralx (a long one, including a description of the voyage from Cape de Verd, and some mercantile matters, from Canton, Dec. 1, 1701: fol. 4);
  2. Antonio de Barros (from Pekin, Sept. 15 and 25, 1701, in Portuguese: fols. 10, 24);
  3. Bouuet de La Touche (from Canton, Dec. 10, 1701: fol. 12);
  4. Carlos de Rezenda (?: from Chintimfu, Dec. 17, 1701, in Portuguese: fol. 17);
  5. Ant. Beauvollier (Dec. 23 and 24, 1701: fols. 22, 18, 27);
  6. Martineau (from Canton, Dec. 5, 1701: fol. 20);
  7. Boizard (from Canton, Nov. 25, 1701: fol. 25).

Fol. 16 is concerned with Siam; fol. 31 contains a list of portraits of saints, relics, useful articles, etc., which the missionaries would like to receive from Europe, in Italian, and fol. 34 is a large drawing of a design (?) for a Jesuit church and college in China.


  • Creation: Written in 1701 in China


37 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Italian

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Add. D. 74, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Add. D. 74

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 18493


Original letters, reports, etc, relating to the Jesuits' missionary work at Cantun, Pekin, written in 1701 in China.

Biographical / Historical

Giraldin Figeralx (fl. 1701).

Antonio de Barros (fl. 1701).

Bouvet de La Touche (fl. 1701).

Carlos de Rezende (1664-1746) was a missionary.

Ant. Beauvollier (fl. 1701).

Bernard Martineau (b. 1654) was a missionary.

Boizard (fl. 1701).

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. V, no. 27874.

Custodial History

This packet of letters and papers seems to have been sent by the hands of Rosalie (fols. 9v, 12), travelling to France on an English ship. According to a letter and note of S. Harris, of Stonehouse in Gloucestershire, the papers were 'comitted to the care of Mr. Petty a super-cargo, but he dying at sea [on a voyage home "from Canton A.D. 1706"], they were never delivered, but lay in his widow's hands near 50 years, from wm I had them.'.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

S. Harris presented the papers to the Bodleian on Feb. 23, 1760.

Physical Facet

On paper


15 1/4 × 11 3/4 in.

Original letters, reports, etc, relating to the Jesuits' missionary work at Cantun, Pekin
EAD version 2020 by Pauline Soum-Paris
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